Amy Gammel

Amy is a Colorado native and University of Colorado alumni. She has worked at CDPHE in the Division of Environmental Health and Sustainability since 2012. Amy’s primary role is the work group lead for the Institutions and Emerging Programs Unit.  She is most passionate about food safety and health and sanitation in institutional settings. Amy maintains credentials with the National Environmental Health Association as a Registered Environmental Health Specialist and a Certified Professional in Food Safety. Prior to working at CDPHE, Amy spent five years as an inspector for the City and County of Denver in the Department of Environmental Health. Prior to working in Denver, Amy spent several years as the health and nutrition services coordinator for Head Start and Early Head Start Programs in Denver and Boulder.

Outside of work Amy keeps extremely busy with her family. She has two children who are very involved in sports, music, and other extracurricular activities. When time allows, Amy enjoys volunteering in her community and traveling with both family and friends.



Sammi Jo Kirst
Sammi Jo works for El Paso County Public Health as an Environmental Health Specialist II. She has been with El Paso since fall of 2016 conducting retail food and body art inspections, performing air quality complaint investigations, and teaching food safety courses. Prior to moving to Colorado, she was a general Environmental Health Speacialist in rural Wisconsin for four years where she conducted inspections for retail food, body art, pools, lodging and also worked with the Department of Natural Resources on public well testing/inspections. She hold a B.S. of Environmental Health from the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh. Outside of work Sammi Jo enjoys time hiking, camping, and exploring Colorado with her fiance and Dalmatian named Pongo.


Deb McBride

Deb McBride worked for Tri-County Health Department for 25 years, 9 years for Administrative Services and 16 years for Environmental Health.  After retiring, she went to work part time for the Caring for Colorado Foundation.  Besides CEHA, she volunteers with the American Legion Auxiliary, Columbine Federal Credit Union and is on the founding boards of a newly created nonprofit and a newly created foundation.  Deb rescues older, special needs dogs and currently lives with two who have finally trained her to their satisfaction.  When not working, Deb likes to travel nationally and internationally and tries to include at least one trip per year with her grandchildren (2),great grandchildren (2), her God daughter or her nephew.


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